Mission Statement

The mission of the Columbia School of Social Work is to develop leaders in social work practice and research whose work advances professional values, knowledge, and skills through programs and policies that enhance well-being and promote human rights and social justice at the local, national, and global level. We derive this mission from Columbia University’s goal to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to use that knowledge for human betterment and societal advancement.  Recognizing the importance of New York as a global city, the School seeks academic relationships with many countries and regions. Go to full mission statement.

Meet the Interim Dean

Irwin Garfinkel smiling outside

Irwin Garfinkel, the Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and co-founding director of the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), is serving as Interim Dean of the School of Social Work. Go to Professor Garfinkel’s bio page.

Did You Know?

Frances Perkins, a 1910 graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work (known then as the New York School of Philanthropy), went on to become America’s first female cabinet member. She served as secretary of labor from 1933 until 1945, longer than any other secretary. Go to historical timeline.

Women spies in World War I and World War II